[ mon-uh-klahyn ]
/ ˈmɒn əˌklaɪn /

noun Geology.

a monoclinal structure or fold.

Origin of monocline

First recorded in 1875–80; back formation from monoclinal Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for monocline

/ (ˈmɒnəʊˌklaɪn) /


a local steepening in stratified rocks with an otherwise gentle dip

Derived forms of monocline

monoclinal, adjective, nounmonoclinally, adverb

Word Origin for monocline

C19: from mono- + Greek klīnein to lean
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Scientific definitions for monocline

[ mŏnə-klīn′ ]

A set of rock layers that all slope downward from the horizontal in the same direction.
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